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      Warrior Fit program keeping kids challenged in P.E. class

      Thanks to help from the Iowa Army National Guard, the kids at Fort Madison High School are taking on some military style exercises.

      Teachers are coming up with new ways to challenge their kids. And that includes P.E. teachers.

      Thanks to help from the Iowa Army National Guard, the kids at Fort Madison High School are taking on some military style exercises.

      The Russian twist, the kettle bell squat and the Bulgarian twist may sound like forms of torture, but they are not.

      They are actually the tools that the Iowa Army National Guard uses to push students at Fort Madison High School to be better than they think they can be, through its Warrior Fit program.

      P.E. Teacher Todd Huckabone says its important to keep the kids challenged in new ways.

      "It's somebody else that's kind of talking them through it and motivating them and stuff like that which I think is different for the kids and it can be better for the kids sometimes," Huckabone said.

      The Warrior Fit Program rotates very quickly between 10-15 stations forcing the kids to adapt quickly to each new challenge.

      Those challenges include the kettle ball squat, the Russian twist, the heavy rope swing and much more.

      Staff Sgt. Robert Jones with the Iowa Army National Guard says that the Warrior Fit program shows the kids the importance of staying active.

      "This kind of give them a guideline that when they are done with this program, they kind of find out ... "Wow, I'm really exhausted. And why am I so exhausted because I don't apply myself. I don't push myself." And hopefully motivates them to do some more physical activity in the future," Jones said.

      P.E. Teacher Kelly Knustrom says she and Todd Huckabone also wants to show the kids that there are many ways to stay healthy.

      "If you like circuits they offer classes at most gyms or you can get memberships. The swimming in the pool, you know you can get a membership to a gym or just go to a pool. Just trying to teach them outside of class things you can do on your own and hopefully get them excited about something is our goal," Knustrom said.

      The Guard has also challenged the kids in the past with a climbing wall.

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